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The Other Story – Education Under threat

We have started a weekly news show “the other story” bringing you the untold elements of stories you hear every day.

We take a look at the untold stories in Pakistan and possible solutions to make things better.

This week we will be looking at one of the most fundamental building blocks for human development and sustenance. When given the opportunity to achieve their own goals, people are empowered to contribute fully to the development of their communities, societies, and economies.

The other story this week is Education Under Threat

We begin with Karachi. The threat to education is multipronged. Somewhere its terrorism, some places its negligence AND some places lack the infrastructure altogether. We have visited one of many government schools where the lack of basic facilities are threatening the very fabric of the provision of a fundamental right to the children.

Private schools have become a necessity for contemporary Pakistani society since the government has failed to provide quality education for its population.

A majority of parents, even those from lower income brackets, send their children to private schools so they can receive an education that will enable them to be competitive

Our correspondent Sophia Jamal visits a city govt run school in Karachi and reports about how imparting knowledge is under threat.

Throughout this week on dawn news we will ask the relevant policy makers on how to make things better. We then go to Quetta where repeated closure of educational institutions in Balochistan has severely affected students. Especially the students of winter zone of the province are affected with exams fast approaching.
Not just that but target killings of school and college principals has also brought the infrastructure of education to a halt. Syed Ali Shah INVESTIGATES.

Then we go to Lahore where ensuring the security of students has forced the Punjab government to close down school and universities alike. This unprecedented decision raised several questions not only about its impact on the students and the masses but also about how seriously the government is willing to fulfill its duties. Our correspondent Sana Saif takes up the issue.

We then go to Peshawar where almost every day we hear about a bomb or a suicide attack in the NWFP..the focus stays on security, counter-terror and emergency services. But is the younger generation being neglected, does anyone ever go back to the schools which were blown up my militants, what about the teachers who have to show up and are parents willing to send out their children. Mumtaz Bangash investigates the plight in the NWFP.

And finally we take a look at possible solutions and cross over to Islamabad where the federal minister for education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani joins us… We ask Mr Bijarani..

Q1.) Lets begin with the NWFP..Parents teachers and the very fabric of education is under threat…..Does the education ministry have a plan for the solution?

Q2.) There is a similar situation in Balochistan where educators are being targeted, institutions being threatened and a sense of insecurity clubbed with a lack of schools to begin with, what are you doing for Balochistan?

Q3.) Over in the Punjab the government says it cannot provide security to all schools so the institutions must come up with their own plans..Some schools have started charging additional fee for security do you have a check and balance system…how are you dealing with the situation there?

Q4.) But you do realize that the situation in Sindh is completely different. Education is under threat due to mismanagement and negligence. Unpaid teachers, lack of facilities, thousands upon thousands of ghost schools…What is being done for the province of Sindh?

Want to know what the education minister said…watch the other story on youtube…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNhxWnw9bko


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